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SUNDAY SEMINARS

PAJAMAS & CONVERSATION W/ EL VEZ

El Vez (aka the Mexican Elvis) will wake you up with his songs and eccentric life stories. Guests will be invited up to share favorite moments from the weekend. Pajama’s are optional.

Delicious breakfast created by Town and Country Resort: ”First Taco of the Day Station” with Fried Egg and Chorizo or Tofu {includes salsas and toppings!},  Pastries, Mocha Parfait shots, Pineapple Fruit Cup with Tajin, Watermelon Salad with Mint and Fresh Juice, Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, Selection of Hot Teas and MORE! Pajamas are optional.

El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation, and the world! A modern multicultural hybrid of Americana & Mexicano, he is more than entertainment, he is a thinking man’s Elvis, a post-modern King with a Latin twist, the Chicano experience presented and told through the songs of Elvis. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, MTV, HBO, CNN, and Live with Regis & Kathy Lee. He has even been a question on Jeopardy!  | website

Sunday 8/1: 11am – 12:30pm
Location:
Pacific Ballroom
$40

TIKI TOT TOUR

WITH KING KUKULELE

Create lasting memories for your kids with the annual Tiki Tour of the Crowne Plaza (formerly the Hanalei Hotel). The kids will have a blast as they tour the hotel grounds with King Kukulele meeting up close and personal many ‘tiki’ friends. Every year this event features many (secret-to-the-tots) Tiki celebrities!

King Kukulele is a comedian, actor and ukuleleist with inexorable energy who has performed around the world, singing hapa haole and novelty songs at all kinds of shows from Hollywood movie premieres to Disneyland. He composed a promotional song about tropical fruits and fish for the Orange County Fair, as well as “I Don’t Eat Poop,” a song written for the California Board of Public Health. The latter song was not used. | website

Sunday 8/1: 9:30am-11:00am
Location:
Meet in Hotel Main Lobby
FREE EVENT

CHARLES PHOENIX: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIALAND

Madcap Mashup of Mid-Century SoCal Life & Style

WITH CHARLES PHOENIX

It is the age of space and we have just landed in the most modern metropolis in the known universe,” says Charles, as he leads us on whirlwind adventure extravaganza exploring retro car culture, googie architecture, iconic landmarks, tiki parties, famous attractions, Hollywood glamour, theme parks, people, parties, and more galore! Be prepared for your SoCal lovin’ spirit soar like never before!

Charles Phoenix is a showman, tour guide, food crafter, and author. He is known for his live comedy slide show performances, madcap Test Kitchen videos, “field trip” tours, and colorful coffee table books, all celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. On TV, Charles has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Cake Wars: Christmas. He’s also guested on Storage Wars, Jay Leno’s Garage, Conan, and Martha Stewart, and is often heard on NPR. The Los Angeles Times says, “Call him the King of Retro,” and LA Weekly anointed him “the Kodachrome King.” | website

Sunday 8/1: 10:00am-11:00am
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$35

Sponsored by Copalli Rum

HAWAIIAN AND MAORI CULTURES IN FILM

{ALS interpreter provided}

WITH Clarissa Bella Castaneda, PhD

This free-to-attend event is brought to you by the Tiki Oasis Diversity & Inclusion Council. In this talk Castaneda PHD will explore the history of brown-face and “island” life in films depicting Hawaiian and Maori cultures. The first part of the talk will cover how film, as a storytelling medium, reflects and challenges “island” aesthetics. The second part of the talk will cover Princess Kaiulani (2009, dir by Mark Forby), Finding Ohana (2021, dir by Jude Weng), Once Were Warriors (1994, dir by  Lee Tamahori), and Boy (2010, dir by Taika Waititi) in relation to the cultural survivance of Hawaiian and Maori indigenous communities.

Clarissa Bella Castaneda, PhD  is a poet, musician, PhD, indigenous Xicana, anti-racist educator, and cat-mom to Máximo. Author or “Indigenous Libretto and Aural Memory in The Sun Dance and El Circo Anahuac”  in Displaced: Literature of Indigeneity, Migration, and Trauma (edited by Kate Rose) is now available from Routledge I website

Sunday 8/1: 12noon-1pm
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
FREE EVENT

Sponsored by Trader Vic’s

THE ARTIST – VIC BERGERON

WITH EVE BERGERON

Eve Bergeron, will share stories of her grandfather Vic Bergeron and how events in his life, travel, friendships with other artists were reflected in his own artistic expressions.

Eve journey began at Trader Vic’s in London 1997 before taking a position as assistant manager at Trader Vic’s in Dubai. In the 2000’s, she participated in the opening of multiple Trader Vic’s properties around the world as a trainer and has a vast experience with new restaurant installations and pre-opening details. Prior to working at Trader Vic’s, Eve managed a restaurant in Paris and has worked at restaurants in San Francisco. She now serves as PR & Marketing Manager for Trader Vic’s Worldwide and is currently collaborating on a book with Sven Kirsten on Trader Vic’s.

Sunday 8/1: 1:30-2:30pm
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$20

Co-Sponsored by Don Papa, Copalli Rum + Re’al Ingredients

TIKI OASIS 6TH ANNUAL BARTENDER BATTLE

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the Celebrity Death Match, the Thunderdome: none of these contests of grit and skill included cocktails. Shame on them. The Tiki Oasis Bartenders Battle will pit some of the best bartenders in San Diego against each other in a no-holds-barred, head- to-head cocktail throw-down. Sample some of the best, most innovative Tiki cocktails in San Diego while you cheer on your bartending champion. They all may battle but only one can win!

This seminar is 21+

Sunday 8/1: 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location:
Town and Country Ballroom
$40

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